Principia Discordia, Or, How I Found Goddess and What I Did to Her When I Found Her: The Magnum Opiate of Malaclypse the Younger
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Principia Discordia, Or, How I Found Goddess and What I Did to Her When I Found Her: The Magnum Opiate of Malaclypse the Younger

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One of the great books of our time, Principia Discordia is the official bible of the most relevant religion ever conceived, Discordianism. This legendary underground classic contains absolutely everything worth knowing about absolutely anything. Discordianism is the religion for these screwed-up times, and Principia Discordia reveals it here for your enlightenment, confusi...more
Paperback, 100 pages
Published June 1st 1980 by Loompanics Unlimited (first published 1965)
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Timothy

ERIS DISCORDIA, WHEN I SEE YOU AT SUMMERSLAM YOU'RE GONNA TAKE A BITE FROM THE APPLE OF COMBAT, BROTHER! WHAT DOES IT TASTE LIKE? IT IS A FLAVOR OF SORROW, DEEPER THAN THE CHASMS OF THE ELDER BEASTS! YOUR PHILOSOPHY IS AN EMPTY SKULL THAT I SHALL TRANSFORM INTO MY CHALICE, ERIS DISCORDIA! YOUR BEADED CURTAIN FOLLOWERS SHALL TREMBLE AT THE MIGHT OF THE WARRIORS! ORDER? DISORDER? THERE IS ONLY THE ENDLESS BATTLE FROM WHICH RESPITE IS NEVER GIVEN! IN ONE MUSCLE OF MY BODY THERE IS A THOUSAND TROJAN

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Seizure Romero
"All things happen in fives, or are divisible by or are multiples of five, or are somehow directly or indirectly appropriate to five." Principia Discordia, p. 16

When I was five I won a toy car at a carnival. The car had the number 23 painted on the side. The numbers of my birth year add up to twenty. I was born in the fifth month of the year. It's 5:13 as I'm typing this. Coincidence? No, my fine friend, I think not.
Jon
Jun 15, 2008 Jon rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: your neighbors.
Recommended to Jon by: Tony
If I could give this a 1,000 out of 5, I wouldn't.

-The introduction alone will have you a devout follower of Eris.

-HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

-REMEMBER: King Kong died for our sins.

- ~~ OLD POEE SLOGAN ~~
When in Doubt, Fuck it.
When not in Doubt... get in Doubt!

A telegram sent to God:

-Dear God;
This is to inform you that your current position as deity is herewith terminated due to gross incompetence STOP Your check will be mailed STOP Please do not use me for a reference

Respectfully,

Malaclypse the Younge...more
Ramon
it is difficult for me to rate this "book." it is like asking a christian to rate the bible. but it actually isn't. like the Necronomicon, this book is also true. if you do not believe then you are certainly one of Gruad's ophidian henchmen and should be fed to Leviathan post-haste.
Stuart
Hilarious. If you are religious, please read this book and get over yourself. If you're not religious, you'll appreciate the points it makes through satire and sarcasm. You can find it on the Internet for free.
Tristy
It looks like I am alone in really hating this odd little publication. Actually, I don't hate it, as I understand its purpose and value to some, and I understand why so many people dig it. And yet, it really makes my skin crawl. I didn't grow up under the yoke of any religious dogma, so I don't have the need to make all esoteric writings ridiculous. Believe me, I am a fan of the odd and nonsensical and I know this pasted together missive has been around since the 60's, and yet, it is empty. It's...more
Michael
May 12, 2009 Michael rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Discordians, Chaos Magicians, The Illuminati
Recommended to Michael by: Steve Jackson
This, as everyone knows, is the Bible of Discordianism. Fnord. It tells everything a devout Discordian should not do in order to not be a non-Discordian. Fnord. It also contains much combined wisdom and lore, which should be ignored. Fnord. It was written by a man who lived inside a Post Office Box, before all Discordians migrated into Cyberspace. (Do you believe that?). It may be funny, but is it really a joke? Fnord. Fnord. Fnord.

I believe that Discordianism was a transitional stage between th...more
*Queen Diva*
Mar 03, 2012 *Queen Diva* rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to *Queen Diva* by: General H. Sassafras
Shelves: borrowed, adult
Actual rating: 2.5

My most darling love muffin read this book and loved it and immediately gave it to me to read... and much like the other books she's passed on to me to read, I unfortunately wasn't digging it. However, unlike the previous books she's lent me *cough Waterdeep cough* this one wasn't bad... the reason I couldn't get into it was because half the time I had no idea what the h I was even reading. It just all seemed too disconnected (which, I KNOW is the point) and I couldn't really...more
Kirk
I loved Loompanics, and it really depresses me to know they're not around anymore. This was one of the first books I bought from Loompanics. I didn't enjoy it as much as the others I purchased, but I really attribute my apathetic nature towards this book to my expectations. I had read Gleik's Chaos and really thought this was going to bring my understanding of chaos to a new level. Instead I found an absurdist approach utilized in the text, with a lot of random imagery scrawled in the corners of...more
Mike
I'm actually still reading this in bits and pieces (it's kinda impossible to read a bible like this all at once) but it seems fitting of the spirit of the book to say I've read it when I'm not done yet, since "all is allowed" is one of the rules of Discordianism, the
"religion" of which this book forms the Bible, and even run-on sentences are not eschewed; nay, they are another way of expressing the inherent Disorder (Praise Eris, Goddess of Disorder!) in the Universe.

Every "ha-ha, only serious"...more
Doug
It's difficult to actually review a book like the Principia Discordia. As a self-described Discordian (with the added stipulation that the definition of a Discordian is someone who wants to describe him/herself as one), it's something of a holy book for me. Except that we Discordians don't really believe in holy books. Except for the ones who do.

I've seen the description "a religion disguised as a joke disguised as a religion," and it's fairly apt. I consider this book an introduction to a way o...more
andrew
May 13, 2007 andrew rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: you,or not?
the reason i love this book can be summed up in one commandment of discordia-"all discordians are forbidden from believing anything they read."i think that says it all,dont you agree rachel miller?
Onyx
Oct 07, 2012 Onyx rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Onyx by: A companion
This book is a wild ride. If I wasn't the person I am, I would have chalked this book up to being just totally out there in left field. But the writer has a method to his madness. You just have to wait for it.
There's a thin line running here between genius and insanity, and he gets dangerously close to falling over both sides at the same time. Don't ask me to be more specific about what I'm talking about with this book. You'd be wasting your time.
Yeah, it's that random. That Deliberately random...more
Old-Barbarossa
After listening to someone rant at fnord you about how everything in the Da Vinci Code fnord or Angels And Demons is true, just hand them this and walk fnord away.
I wonder what chaos these guys would have fnord unleashed if the interweb fnord had been around back in the day.
Yes there are 5...go back and count.
Adam
Feb 11, 2008 Adam rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: sleezy guys with ponytails
An interesting breakdown of chaos magick. Reads like crazy person ranting on the street and a sleezy guy with a greasy ponytail, wearing a black velour button-up trying to get you to participate in his Sunday night basement ritual under the pretext of "building cones of power".
J. Lundquist
This is a VERY random book. It is in it's 5th printing, and a lot of it has been aggregated into the current tome. Not an easy read, as it does tend to be chaotic (which is in the nature of the beast described), but not the best thing to try to extract information from.
Elle
Required philosophy for free-thinkers. Silly and weird and profound, usually all on the same page. By far the best religion ever. It's available for free online all over, so you have no excuse for not reading it. All hail Eris! Fnord!
Danny
If you haven't read this: Why haven't you read this book?

If you have read this: Why aren't you quoting it right now?

If you are quoting it right now: Why are you quoting it to me? I've already read the book.

Robb Bridson
This book reads either as a hilarious satire of new age religion, a hilarious mockery of traditional religion, or a hilarious collection of really stupid things.

In any case, it's hilarious. And a quick read.
Tim
That moment when you realize the Goddess you have been seeking is right has been in front of your face your whole life and her name is Eris. I will admit it suddenly felt as if I had been a living around the Heralds from the Valdemar series my whole life and then when I least expected it a Companion finally Chose me, and I knew for the rest of my life she would always be by my side! It is amazing how seriously a religion not intended to be taken seriously became for its creators and has become f...more
Charles
Is it a joke disguised as a religion or a religion disguised as a joke?
Open your pineal gland and maybe you can find out. As long as you are a human and not a cabbage or something.
Julie Sondra Decker
The "bible" of Discordianism introduces us to the Goddess Eris and how her legends went, including the apple and everything else associated with this absurdist, strange celebration of contradiction and chaos. Organized very similar to an actual book of folk tales, parables, and religion, this book contradicts itself regularly and lays down laws while breaking them, and of course actually useful information about how to live your life (as long as you can see it behind all that potty humor). It's...more
Phatchick
Fnord This is a dangerous book. Fnord You should not read it. Fnord Avoid the person who recommended this book to you. Fnord Fnord Fnord
Chris
god i read this year's ago. still have a copy someplace. the tenets of the erisian religion, basically some acid-drenched satire.
Catherine
Mar 06, 2007 Catherine rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: the prettiest one
this is why my favorite number is five. everything is applicable to 5.
Lehcim Nosre-dna
May 16, 2007 Lehcim Nosre-dna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People that think they're Buddhist/Taoist....things they clearly are not.
This is the only book.
Brian
Jul 09, 2013 Brian rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone

This is the anti holy text for the anti religion Discordianism, and it is pure greatness. I love how it manages to expose religious beliefs as the exaggerated superstitions they are and explore some pretty complex ideas without ever doing the reader the disservice of taking itself too seriously. Instead of tearing apart the rituals and beliefs of others it takes a self deprecating approach that is light hearted and laugh out loud funny yet shockingly insightful.

Discordians "worship" the Goddess...more
Kat
It is very hard (for good reason) to quantify this book in any way, shape, or form. I was a bit of a conspiracy nut in college and read a lot of random stuff back then. I had already discovered the Steve Jackson Illuminati card game (standalone) and adored it. Eventually I discovered the Illuminatus trilogy and read it, not completely understanding the whole mess. MUCH later I found this edition of the Principia at Gen Con, at the SJ games booth. It was near Illuminati at the booth, so, as usual...more
Jeff Anderson
Uh...this is mind blowing in one sense. Or it might have been, but I read the The Illuminatus Trilogy several years ago and from there read more Robert Anton Wilson. But this book is fun and you get a sense of the anarchic approach to religion from the sixties that refreshing. Of course you can't take one letter of the book seriously but that's the whole point. Perhaps this book could have been of more use to me 30 years ago. Once you can point out the absurdities inherent in one religion it mak...more
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Gregory Hill, also known by the pen name 'Malaclypse the Younger' (Mal-2), was one of the two writers of the Principia Discordia, along with Kerry Wendell Thornley (aka Lord Omar Khayyam Ravenhurst). He was also adapted as a character in The Illuminatus! Trilogy. During the early years of circulation of the Principia Discordia, rumors claimed that the au...more
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